Games Industry Achieves Higher Sales Than Film Through 2009

The Daily Telegraph has reported that video game sales in the UK have surpassed sales of both DVD’s and trips to the cinema.

The paper cited the research as the “clearest evidence yet that the video games market has come of age and transformed itself from a niche form of entertainment for teenage boys into a mainstream form of entertainment for millions of British families.”

The research firm, GFK Chart-Track, has estimated that, in the year ending September 2009, an estimated £1.73 billion has been spent on games by the British public. The UK Film Council estimated considerably lower sales with £1 billion being spent on box office sales and £198 million being spent on DVD and Blu-ray releases.

The former cabinet minister, Tom Watson, believes that the industry needs to be taken more seriously:

“Like anything digital, Parliament has a very narrow view of video games. Too many politicians think video games are played by teenage boys staying up all night shooting things in their bedroom.  And yes there are plenty of those, but there is also a huge range of people of many different ages who love playing games. The industry has matured over the last decade, and so too have gamers.”

He also added a comment focusing on the recent controversy with The ‘No Russian’s’ mission from Modern Warfare 2:

“Yes, let’s have a debate about unpleasant content in video games, but don’t beat up on the whole industry,”

Between 2008 and 2009 the number of games consoles in Britain has risen from 13.5 million to 25 million. Hopefully, this will help the video games industry shed its negative image and gain the respect it deserves.

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